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Waterworld (1995)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 28 July 1995 (USA)
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In a future where the polar ice-caps have melted and Earth is almost entirely submerged, a mutated mariner fights starvation and outlaw "smokers," and reluctantly helps a woman and a young girl try to find dry land.

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Kevin Reynolds
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Costner ... Mariner
Chaim Jeraffi Chaim Jeraffi ... Drifter
Rick Aviles ... Gatesman
R.D. Call ... Enforcer
Zitto Kazann Zitto Kazann ... Elder / Survivor
Leonardo Cimino ... Elder
Zakes Mokae ... Priam
Luke Ka'ili Jr. Luke Ka'ili Jr. ... Boy
Anthony DeMasters Anthony DeMasters ... Boy
Willy Petrovic Willy Petrovic ... Boy
Jack Kehler ... Banker
Jeanne Tripplehorn ... Helen
Lanny Flaherty ... Trader
Robert A. Silverman ... Hydroholic
Gerard Murphy ... Nord
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Storyline

The polar ice caps have melted, and the earth is covered by water. The remaining people travel the seas, in search of survival. Several different societies exist. The Mariner falls from his customary and solitary existence into having to care for a woman and a young girl while being pursued by the evil forces of the Deacon. Written by Robbie Smith <robsmith@u.washington.edu>

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Beyond the horizon lies the secret to a new beginning.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some intense scenes of action violence, brief nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 July 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Waterworld See more »

Filming Locations:

Waipi'o Valley, Hawaii, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$175,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,171,780, 30 July 1995

Gross USA:

$88,246,220

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$264,218,220
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

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DTS | DTS-Stereo | Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

LOGO GIMMICK: The Universal Studios logo, the planet Earth, was given a close-up, and as it got closer, the continents began to fade away until there was nothing left... but water. This inevitably takes the viewer into the action, along with the involving accompanying narrative of what's happened to the earth. See more »

Goofs

When Mariner is leaving on the jet ski to rescue the little girl there is a mountain/cliff visible on the right. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: The future... The polar ice caps have melted, covering the earth with water. Those who survived have adapted, to a new world.
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Crazy Credits

The Earth in the Universal logo zooms into the Mariner's boat, with the ice caps melting and causing the world to be flooded. See more »

Alternate Versions

There are two fan-edit versions of the movie, one called "Waterworld: The Ulysses Cut" (from the cut scene at the end between Helen and The Mariner" and the other called "Waterworld: The Ulysses Cut Revised Edition" which add back in more of the cut scenes that were not included in the theatrical version. The "Extended Version" clocks in at 2:57 minutes. See more »

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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 26 February 2016 (2016) See more »

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User Reviews

 
Not bad at all
29 January 2005 | by dale.launer@gte.netSee all my reviews

I just had to disagree with the first guy who thought it was simply awful. This is a big budget movie and it looks it. There are a number of metaphors going on in this story - maybe too many. But it really has a MaxMax on the Water feel to it. It's actually pretty fun and like the Mad Max movies - doesn't take itself too seriously.

This was one of those movies that just got creamed by the press because they get very upset when movies cost a lot and in their minds - too much.

Also - Costner was becoming a very big star - and the press loves to buildup stars and once their huge, they love to tear them down. This was a tear down.

Heaven's Gate wasn't awful - but just too slow. This movie isn't awful either, and neither is it slow. And if you're a motorhead - its extra fun. Dennis Hopper chews up the scenery like a famished dinosaur and he's so much fun he makes Kevin's character look a little under-written.


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